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Pioneer launches Korean JV

Tinopolis Group-owned Pioneer Productions has moved into the South Korean market by launching a joint venture with a local production company. London-based Pioneer and Seoul’s PAAN Media have come together to form Buzz Media, which will create programming for the UK, South Korean and international markets. Programming will include 4K natural history and science science, […]

CBeebies building blocks in Japan, Korea

BBC Worldwide has sealed deals with KBS in Korea and Kids Station in Japan and will launch CBeebies blocks on both channels. The agreement with KBS N, the commercial arm of Korean free-to-air broadcaster KBS, means an hour of CBeebies content will air on the KBS Kids cable channel through the week at 10am and […]

K-content: head on

The first South Korean content wave broke the country’s shows into China, Japan and across Asia. Now, a second wave is seeing the country’s drama and entertainment reaching western shores. South Korea is already a drama producing territory of note and is now aiming to build its formats and factual production markets, with western buyers […]

Korea’s KBS connects with Israel’s Gordin Cell

South Korean broadcaster KBS is to get a local version of Israeli scripted drama MICE (aka The Gordin Cell). IMTV is adapting the scripts and producing for KBS ahead of a planned launch early next year. The Korean remake will follow a pilot that is torn between family associations with North Korea and his loyalty […]

DramaFever coproducing drama with KBS

On-demand service DramaFever is coproducing a second drama with Korea’s KBS. Tomorrow’s Cantabile (aka Naeil’s Cantabile), which is based on manga Nodame Cantabile, launches in North and South America exclusively on DramaFever on October 13 subtitled in English, Spanish and Portuguese. The launch will come just 24 hours after its global debut on KBS2. Episodes will […]

Euro, Canuck nets Learn to Draw Minis

A pair of Canadian networks and three European channels have acquired an animated interstitial property from Norwegian kids TV company Earthtree Media. TV Ontario and Knowledge Network in Canada, PopTV in the UK, NRK in Norway and SVT in Sweden have all bought Learn to Draw Minis, a 104x1mins show featuring animated versions of cartoon […]

Three Korean content deals for BBC Worldwide

A trio of South Korean broadcast platforms have acquired programming packages from the BBC’s commercial arm. The deals with pay TV firms Hyundai Media and YTN and free-to-air TV operator KBS will see BBC Worldwide programming heading into a combined 40 million households in South Korea. BBCWW will provide content for Hyundai Media’s new factual […]

BBC cuts Chinese VOD deal

BBC Worldwide has licensed a raft of drama and factual programming to Chinese streaming and on-demand video site Sohu.com. Titles included in the package deal include documentaries Frozen Planet (pictured) and Earthflight. Scripted shows include Ripper Street, Mad Dog, Sinbad and Silk. Sohu, which is listed on the US Nasdaq exchange, recently became the first […]

News brief: Asian nets go through Looking Glass for factual

Several Asian broadcasters have acquired factual programming from Australia-based distributor Looking Glass International. Among the deals, KBS in Korea and CCTV in China have taken Wildlife Films Botswana-produced blue chip wildlife docs The Unlikely Leopard and Big Cat Odyssey, which both first went out through National Georgraphic Channels. CCTV also acquired three other 1x60mins docs, […]

Asian nets grab ITV Studios ents formats

Broadcasters in Vietnam, China and Korea are reversioning entertainment formats from ITV Studios Global Entertainment. Vietnamese channel HTV is getting a local remake of Soapstar Superstar, which will be known locally as Superstar. Following the deal with Tincom Media, the singing talent format will get a 10x60mins run. In China, Anhui TV has commissioned a […]